The Camden Conference has announced that David Brancaccio, host and senior editor of American Public Media’s “Marketplace Morning Report,” will again moderate its annual conference, Feb. 20 and 21, 2021. The theme of the 2021 event will be "The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril." Brancaccio was moderator of the 2020 Camden Conference, which focused on the revolution in global media.

Brancaccio, whose first job was as a DJ and newsman on WTVL AM/FM, Waterville, anchored the award-winning public television news program NOW on PBS until 2010. His documentary film “Fixing the Future” appeared in theaters nationwide in 2012.

Most recently, his reporting has focused on “The Economy Reimagined” and on the complex logistical and fairness challenges of distributing COVID-19 vaccines to the world. He also covers regulation of financial markets, the role of technology in labor markets, human rights, the environment, and social enterprises.

In a short biography on the “Marketplace” website, Brancaccio notes: “I’ve anchored and reported for Marketplace since 1989 from bases in London, Los Angeles and New York. Multimedia journalism’s my thing — been doing radio since I was a little boy. I write, love cameras and audio/video editing and have anchored television. I grew up in a small town in Maine but have attended schools in Italy, Madagascar and Ghana.”

From the stage at the Camden Opera House, although with no audience, Brancaccio will welcome, virtually, 11 speakers who will address the race for valuable Arctic resources, how the region can be governed as more countries, especially China, want a stake in its future, and the outlook for the survival of human communities and nature as the sea ice melts.

The 34th Annual Camden Conference will be filmed on the Camden Opera House stage and presented to the world via Livestream Feb. 20 and 21, 2021.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information and a complete list of speakers, visit camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.